THOUSANDS ACCUSED OF VIOLENT CRIME IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA OUT ON BAIL, SAYS

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CHIEF JUSTICE SIR ARNOLD

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (March 5, 2002 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---More than 2000 alleged murderers, rapists and robbers are freely roaming Papua New Guinea’s streets, says Chief Justice Sir Arnold Amet.

Sir Arnold, the keynote speaker at a two-day conference in Port Moresby on the theme of "Alternatives to Sentencing Options," said: "There are 2,500 hardcore offenders at large granted bail many months and years ago.

"I’m apprehensive and frightened that these rapists, robbers and murderers are not worried, are walking around on the streets in the community and possibly re-offending."

And Sir Arnold said the government did not seem to realize the seriousness of the problem and its implications on society.

There is little support from the government and bureaucracy in providing resources for the judiciary and other law agencies to deal with offenders, he said.

Because of this they are forced to release them back into their communities, he said.

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